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Film screening of 'In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket' at RSA House

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RSA Fellow Salma Zulfiqar invites you to a film screening of 'In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket', in The Coffee House at RSA House on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

‘In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket’ (view trailer) is an award-winning collaborative art film created during Covid-19 by refugee and asylum seeker girls and women around the world with international artist and human rights activist, Salma Zulfiqar. The artwork shines a light on the need for compassion, tolerance and acceptance of refugees and migration, and gives refugee and asylum seeker girls and women a voice through creative expression during these troubled times. The artwork is a call for solidarity with refugees and a call to protect females on the move.

Girls in refugee camps, orphanages and temporary accommodation contributed to this international digital artwork breaking boundaries, breaking the isolation, empowering the women with new skills, improving their mental health, and creating new friendships during the global pandemic which has crippled societies around the world. The positive impact of this project on their lives has been documented and is wide ranging.

The film, which won best animated short in the Berlin Independent Film Festival in 2021 and screened at film festivals in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, was created through ARTconnects workshops. The film challenges stereotypes and racism, and leads on bringing about cultural understanding in the arts and beyond.

As a woman from an ‘ethnic minority’ in the UK working to support the vulnerable and marginalised, Salma Zulfiqar has challenged hate campaigns, abusive behaviour and neglect. “We live in a world where hate is growing and the moral compass has been broken. ARTconnects is all about fixing the compass and bringing humanity back to the forefront of our communities”.

Despite the challenges, abuse faced throughout the creation of the artwork and lack of resources, the film and project has been making an impact in communities around the world as well as influencing policy makers and media.

  • Event: Screening of 'In Solidarity – The Migration Blanket' and Q&A with special guest speakers.
  • Date and time: Tuesday 7 December, 2 - 4pm GMT
  • Venue: The Steps in The Coffee House, RSA House, London, WC2N 6EZ
  • Please book your place here.

Find out more details about the project and the artist.